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Currently, the help center reads like this:

Identify-This-X Questions

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site with the exception of commercials, music videos and questions consisting only of an image for detail. Please try to show effort and give as much detail as possible:

I think this is a bit confusing and not entirely true to the state of the site. The ID questions that are truly on-topic are:

  • movies
  • tv shows
  • tv show episodes
  • actors

I propose that we update the text to something like:

Identification questions are currently on-topic for this site in regards to identifying actors, movies, tv shows, and specific episodes of tv shows. ID questions must be as descriptive as possible and cannot consist of only an image. Important details to include are:

Also, the current wording for closing as Off-Topic: Identification reads as:

Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards and should not be about a commercial, music video or consist only of an image. For help writing a good identification question, see: Identify-This-X Questions.

I think we should reword this to something like:

Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards. They should be about identifying an actor, movie, TV show, or a specific episode of a TV show and should not consist only of an image. For help writing a good identification question, see: Identify-This-X Questions.

I'm open to tweaking the wording, but I think as it stands the Help Center doesn't quite reflect reality.

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    I agree with it being more positive to look at this from a "what can I ask" viewpoint... I believe this text is also used for the close reason. Do you suggest changing this, too? – Catija Jul 12 '17 at 16:27
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    @Catija yes, the wording on the Off-Topic : Identification description should also be updated – DForck42 Jul 12 '17 at 16:33
  • @Catija I have updated my question – DForck42 Jul 12 '17 at 16:36
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    That's a complex sentence... Perhaps: Identification questions must contain sufficient detail to meet the site's quality standards. They should be about identifying an actor, movie, TV show, or a specific episode of a TV show and should not consist only of an image. For help writing a good identification question, see: Identify-This-X Questions. ? – Catija Jul 12 '17 at 16:38
  • @Catija that's better. I've updated the wording – DForck42 Jul 12 '17 at 16:41
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This seems like a reasonable change broadly endorsed by the community. It has thus been put in place for the help center as well as the close reason.

  • YAY!! Finally a less confusing close reason. – A J Jul 30 '17 at 6:57

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